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UPDATE: NTSB Investigation of New York City Helicopter Crash
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 UPDATE: NTSB Investigation of New York City Helicopter Crash

​NEW YORK (March 15, 2018)—The National Transportation Safety Board continued its investigation Thursday into the March 11, 2018, accident in which an Airbus Helicopters AS350B2 (N350LH) impacted New York’s East River.

The helicopter was substantially damaged when it hit the water and subsequently rolled inverted during an autorotation, killing five passengers and injuring the pilot.

Significant activities of the investigation include:

  • Interviewed Liberty Helicopters personnel, including the accident pilot
  • Conducted a teardown of the helicopter’s engine; no evidence of abnormalities was found
  • Examined structure of helicopter; no evidence of pre-impact breakup
  • Examined flight controls and found no pre-impact failure or malfunctions
  • Interviewed witnesses to crash; interviews continue
  • Obtained air traffic control voice and weather data, which is being reviewed in Washington
  • Examined float system on helicopter, and this examination continues

NTSB investigators are seeking videos that show different angles or aspects of the accident sequence. Broadcasters or witnesses with video are asked to contact the NTSB at

Enter the YouTube ID of each video separated by a semi-colon (;). Example: "LV5_xj_yuhs; QgaTQ5-XfMM; VWW8DMpfI9U; BgAlQuqzl8o;"


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